This workshop begins with an introduction to the design process through an analysis of a house by an important architect. The analysis explores the basic concept or parti of the design, historical and environmental issues, as well as function, circulation, spatial organization, site, zoning, light, proportions, structure, and materials. In developing this project, students learn a vocabulary of design terms, the process of creating architectural drawings, and issues in history and theory. In the projects that follow, students create their own designs for various types of structures. The projects might include a loft space in New York, a house in the country, or a small commercial or public building. These projects provide the experience of creating designs by applying the concepts learned in the analysis. Students are also introduced to the basic techniques of drafting, rendering, and using Sketchup or similar software to create a design. Films, lectures and texts on architectural theory provide additional insight. Design experience is useful, but not required.
Arts Workshops (ARTS-UG)